I contend that prayer is useless, boring and gives people false hope. As evidence, I submit the following Bible verses (since the Bible is where the whole idea of prayer comes form anyway).
In Matthew 7:7 Jesus says:
- Ask, and it will be given you; seek, and you will find; knock, and it will be opened to you. For every one who asks receives, and he who seeks finds, and to him who knocks it will be opened. Or what man of you, if his son asks him for bread, will give him a stone? Or if he asks for a fish, will give him a serpent? If you then, who are evil, know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will your Father who is in heaven give good things to those who ask him!
Did you notice the subtle caveat in this scripture? No? Read it again. Still can't find it? Me neither. This scripture says that if you pray, you're going to have your prayer answered - period.
How about this scripture:
In Matthew 17:20 Jesus says:
- For truly, I say to you, if you have faith as a grain of mustard seed, you will say to this mountain, 'Move from here to there,' and it will move; and nothing will be impossible to you.
Nothing will be impossible - nothing. Not even moving a mountain - literally. The Bible doesn't say it will be like moving a mountain - it says you will command the mountain to move and it will move.
Prayer has never been answered. The Godless Geeks put it this way in their list of proofs of God's existence:
ARGUMENT FROM MIRACLES (I)
(1) My aunt had cancer.
(2) The doctors gave her all these horrible treatments.
(3) My aunt prayed to God and now she doesn't have cancer.
(4) Therefore, God exists.
Christians tout this kind of "answered prayer" all the time. But, nobody seems to give credit to the doctor who attended school, studied, learned and applied the right kind of medicine to give the aunt the best chance she could have. No, it was God. So why even give her the medicine? Some will say "the medicine is God's way of curing her". What a cop-out!
Three times this week people have offered to pray for me. In retaliation, I offer to think for them.
Prayers are never answered because God does not exist.